Feast Day : 3 July
Maria Ana Mogas Fontcuberta, third daughter of Lorenzo marriage Mogas Fontcuberta and Magdalena, born in Corró Vall-Granollers (Barcelona, Spain) on January 13, 1827. Home was deeply Christian and harmonious. She was baptized the day after birth. At 6 or 7 years he made First Communion. This event deeply marked his spirit from his earliest years he professed a great love for the Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin.
At 7 years old he lost his father and his mother 14. When the orphan be hosted in the city of Barcelona his aunt and godmother Mogas Dona Maria, widow and childless, it received all the affection and high participation in social and economic class that she enjoyed. In the parish of Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona he discovered his vocation to follow Jesus, under the guidance of her confessor, Mosen Gorgas. At age 21 he was already endowed with a rich human and spiritual, capable of taking the most sacred personality and firm commitments. Trained and oriented prayer life, strengthened by the sacraments frequently, inserted in the parish and inclined to do good to all without distinction life, he was dissatisfied, his life was filled with social, religious and charitable activities performed. Discovered in prayer that only God showered and filled the void felt: light he was on his way to and led by unsuspected paths, called 'his will', that will cover their entire lives without skimping love and sacrifice.
He met a secularized nuns of the Capuchin Order: María Isabel Valdés and Jubal, who came together to live in a rented room in Barcelona and trying to rebuild his life, devoting himself to the education of children. The advised and guided Father José Tous Soler, cappuccino exclaustrado. Several contacts were followed until the project matured. The nuns and Father Mary Ann Tous seemed a well-endowed young man, who could be instrumental in the origins of the play trying to make. She, meanwhile, was impressed by the simplicity and humility of those Capuchin Franciscan. Well this could be the apparent first sprouting of the seed of the Franciscan charism that the Spirit deposited in his heart and that was to develop dutifully, printing a peculiar character in all her being and doing. The Capuchin Fr Tous and presented their project to the religious bishop of Vic, Don Luciano Casadevall, who accepted the proposal joyful foundation, named Fr Tous CEO and offered them take charge of a school in Ripoll (Gerona).
A Mary Hannah were not easy things: the law of the confessor to give his approval to enter into a canonical work without consistency, the deep affection of his aunt and godmother, and knowledge of the risks involved in a nascent institution, were other many reasons of great suffering. With serenity and security in the call that God made him, he made the decision and his confessor, after prayer and dialogue with Fr Tous, said, "Go, Ana Maria, they call to found."
The June 13, 1850, accompanied by Fr Tous, Ana Maria Ripoll is headed for 15 days after they did their first companions to begin their religious life.
The first religious are in the town of Ripoll as' ladies' education ', the setting in Barcelona project is not liked by the Corporation, in its most atheists or indifferent-but them trying to take, within a strict monastic life. The City does not meet the agreed financial commitments; arrive starving and even forced to beg. In these first moments should be notes from his notebook spiritual notes, "make firm, Lord, Please assure the steps I've started to give in the way of your service in a way that none of this world to be able to give my feet back '.
After the first three months of its establishment in Ripoll, recommended by Fr Tous and the pastor of the town, are necessary for one of them the direct, organize and be responsible for all matters concerning the spiritual, apostolic and organizational community and school. Choice are prepared with prayer and forethought; visiting priests and authorities. The choice lies with the novice Maria Ana Mogas, repeated the act three times and was elected superior of the fledgling institution the young novice, though he was not informed of it until you make your vows on June 25, 1851. Some time later, the secularized retreat to monasteries of his order and Ana Maria, in obedience to the general manager, takes the reins of the institution that is taking shape with the characteristics of a new charism in the Church, Franciscan markedly inspiration, vitally Marian. Mary, the Virgin Mother, Divina Pastora, is considered the founder and abbess Supreme fellow of the Institute.
In Ripoll, Ana María has been refined to pass exams Magisterium to hold the school address. She, with the broader culture it has, done with such brilliance that he qualified teacher with high marks, confirming an educator of children, especially the poor and needy. In everything you do is always looking for the glory of God and the salvation of men.
The Lord is providing the school with new members and received the first training Mogas carefully caring mother, do-for various reasons-other foundations: Capellades, San Quirico, Barcelona ...
But the journey of the institute, with mother Ana María forward, is going to walk steadily and safe to other lands. Events unfold and must be read in the key of God. So reads the master. The Bishop Don Benito Serra resigned religious looking to take charge of a work initiated by him with the help of a lady of the nobility deeply pious and charitable, María Antonia Oviedo. The work in question is to regenerate the young women were initiated into prostitution. This work is in Ciempozuelos (Madrid). Don Benito Serra speaks to his good friend Fr José Tous, explains his project to see if it is possible that the Capuchin Sisters of the Divine Shepherdess meet the emerging institution while the school where children are taught the people. The institute has enough sisters Fr Tous accepts the proposal and Mother Maria Ana Mogas, soul of the foundation, who heads the group of four sisters, travels to Madrid on December 10, 1865.
In Madrid, after the first day, succeed and exacerbate the difficulties, the main one is that Mary Anne can not find your inspirational place. Ora, discern, see, suffer, Fr Tous communicates events. God is present in your heart with holy peace. They help you make sound decisions the board of confessors and holy men of prayer. What does the Lord for the institute entrusted to it? In this dilemma offered gratitude study in Madrid, and after notice to the P. Tous, accepts, Ciempozuelos leave and go to live on the street Juanelo in Madrid. Distances, lack of regular communication between the sisters of Barcelona and Madrid, the goodwill of P. Tous prevent the sisters knew the sufferings and difficulties were met in Madrid's sisters, were the cause of the rupture between communities , forming two different branches: the Capuchin Franciscan Divina Pastora in Barcelona and Franciscans of the Divina Pastora in Madrid, with its own constitution, approved by the respective ordinary. This break open a furrow of great pain and mental suffering and even physical in the life of the founder, who trusted in the power of the Spirit will lead and guide you along the path of love and sacrifice in full compliance with the charism received the Daughters Lord confides.
In Madrid makes successive changes of residence, always seeking the greatest good for the education of youth, preferably poor and needy. It works constantly with serene uprightness of heart and safety compliance will of God for her and her sisters. His prayer reveals his inner state: "Give me, my God, a pure heart, together with the right intention."
The institute is enriched with new vocations and its members are formed in the practice of the virtues features received by the founding charism. Ana María educates and moderate sweetness firmly and newcomers, holding their infirmities and encourages and stimulates the example, prayer and the word. Virtue and good work of Ana Maria and her sisters is the claim that the various Spanish prelates call their diocese and still in the founding life when your physical health declines, his work takes strength and rootedness: Fuencarral (Madrid) Cordova (founded for the care of patients in their homes), Toledo, Santander and other towns open their doors to the Mogas mother and daughters.
Charity was the beacon that lit up her life. All who treated her found that her prayer and contemplation of God's love, poured into it the softness and tenderness of a mother who took care of everyone, without distinction, which had a special sensitivity and delicate treatment to give preference to the most need of spiritual goods or materials.
At the time of his departure to the Father, physically exhausted by the disease he suffered the last eight years of his life, Mogas mother security of accomplishment as an educator and teacher of the charism received, dictated his will that is carefully collected by sisters were present and passed on to future generations: "My daughters: love one another as I have loved you, sufríos as I have suffered. Charity, true charity, love and sacrifice. "
Is July 3, 1886, in the village of Fuencarral (Madrid), where at 12 Noon God our Lord makes her wish so often expressed in the ejaculatory prayer: "When will I see you, God, when?" .
Their witness of charity, love and sacrifice, strengthen our walk in the paths of virtue that led to the great day of the solemn manifestation of his bliss, here, with joy, celebrate with the whole Church.
[The October 6, 1996 Ana Maria was beatified by Pope John Paul II, who established the feast of the new Blessed be held on October 6].